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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Saltpetre.

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How Far From Saltpetre to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Saltpetre to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Saltpetre to:

  • Wayne [Map], which is the Seat of Wayne County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Saltpetre to Wayne, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 53 miles [85.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 303 miles [487.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 18 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,163 miles [9,918.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,878 miles [11,069.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,753 miles [7,649.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Saltpetre ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Saltpetre.

While the name Saltpetre is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Washington County

Our profile page for Saltpetre, Washington County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Washington County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Botetourt County

Our profile page for Saltpetre, Botetourt County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Botetourt County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Saltpetre ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Bumblebee (KY) (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Saltpetre   [Map]
Deephole (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Echo   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Effie   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Evergreen (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Five Forks (KY)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fort Gay   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Greenwood (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ivory (KY) (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mineral Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Potters (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Quaker   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Smoky Valley (KY)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Torchlight (KY) (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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The Communities of West Virginia

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About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Saltpetre. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Saltpetre) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saltpetre. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0820, Longitude: -82.5474     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saltpetre have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Saltpetre to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 311.222 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.114 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.343 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Saltpetre could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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